The 2018 annual Food Packaging Forum (FPF) Workshop featured high profile speakers and offered an ideal platform for exchanging views with different stakeholders in the field of food contact materials (FCMs). The FPF Workshop is a one-of-a-kind event in the FCMs world to learn about recent developments in science, business, advocacy, and regulation. As in previous years, the 6th edition of the FPF Workshop also presented an excellent opportunity for networking. If you have any questions regarding the FPF Workshop, do not hesitate to contact us at

The FPF also provided access to a live webcast of this year’s workshop for a minimal registration fee. Participants who could not attend the workshop in person, thus still had the opportunity to follow the speaker presentations, Q&As, and the podium discussion.


08:00Registration and coffee
Morning session
Chair: Prof. Dr. Martin Scheringer
09:00Welcome and introduction
Prof. Dr. Martin Scheringer, Food Packaging Forum Foundation, Switzerland
09:05Improving the safety of food contact articles
Dr. Ksenia Groh, Food Packaging Forum Foundation, Switzerland
09:30What is in our packaging? Toxicity and chemicals leaching from plastics
Dr. Martin Wagner, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
10:00Coffee break
10:30Does predictive toxicology live up to its promise?
Prof. Dr. Bruce Blumberg, University of California, Irvine, USA
11:00New computational methodologies as enablers of safer food contact articles
Dr. Olivier Vitrac, INRA, France
11:30Reality check: Can chemistry become 'sustainable'?
Prof. Dr. Terrence J. Collins, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
12:00Lunch break
Afternoon session
Chair: Prof. Dr. Pete Myers
13:00Good predictions and bad decisions? Philosophical thoughts on science-based decision-making
Dr. Karim Bschir, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Podium: Digital opportunities for FCM safety
13:30Challenges in the untargeted analysis of mineral oils
Dr. Sander Koster, Nestlé, Switzerland
13:45Digital opportunities in supply chain communication
Sonja Eijpe, M.Sc., Viaware, the Netherlands
14:00High-throughput methods for estimating food contact substance exposures to support risk-based chemical prioritization
Dr. Kristin Isaacs, Environmental Protection Agency, USA
14:15Making consumers’ voices heard
Dr. Pelle Moos, The European Consumer Organisation, Belgium
14:30A retailer's perspective on managing hazardous chemicals in food packaging and other products
Malene Teller Blume, B.Sc., Coop Danmark, Denmark
14:45Coffee break
15:15Podium discussion
With Sander Koster, Sonja Eijpe, Kristin Isaacs, Pelle Moos, and Malene Teller Blume
Moderated by Dr. Jane Muncke, Food Packaging Forum Foundation, Switzerland
16:30Conclusions and adjourn
Prof. Dr. Martin Scheringer


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